Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
-Simeon’s narrative of blessing to Mary mother of Jesus was timely & served as witness for that which had been spoken by prophet Isaiah (Isa 8:14-15). The Child destined for the fall & rising is a tripartite statement which could mean, Christs’ death & resurrection, a predestination of His rejection by the bulwark of Israelites & acceptance after resurrection; & finally He is a place of solace for those who fall so that they may be strengthened in Him. The sword as described having the ability to pierce through the soul & discern the thoughts of man is the word which became flesh & dwelt among us. This is echoed in Heb 4:12, “the word of God is living & powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts & intents of the heart”. The Word of God therefore; has the ability to query our thoughts & intentions against the truth & will of the Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, You are the way truth & life, direct us in Your will. Strengthen us when we are weak, shepherd us when we go astray & renew our minds that we may desire Your love alone. Intervene in our decisions & country’s leadership that only peace & prosperity may be found within our borders. Amen
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